American Airlines Cancels 200 Flights for Inspections

American Airlines canceled about 200 flights, or about 10 percent of its scheduled service, on Wednesday in order to conduct safety inspections on its MD-80 aircraft. The grounding came after an audit by a joint team of AA and Federal Aviation Administration inspectors determined reinspection was needed of the aircraft's wiring.

"We are reinspecting the MD-80s to make sure the wiring is installed and secured exactly according to the directive," American spokesman Tim Wagner said in a statement.

"We are in the process of completing the inspections on the remaining airplanes and will return them to service on a rolling basis throughout the day," Wagner said.

About 50 departures each were canceled at American's hubs at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O'Hare international airports.